On 23 June 2016, the Government of Romania published the text of a future law that the Parliament may adopt in Autumn this year. The law gives the Royal House of Romania an official status, recognizing its activities in Romania since the fall of the communist regime (in 1989, but especially since 1997, when King Michael I was allowed to return in Romania and supports its candidature in NATO and the European Union).
The Romanian law has been compared to the Law on the Status of the Descendants of the Petrović Njegoš Dynasty, adopted in the republic of Montenegro on 12 July 2011. There are numerous differences between the law: in Montenegro it creates a Royal Foundation that becomes the base of its activity, while in Romania the Princess Heir Margareta has its own Foundation since 1990! Also, while in Montenegro the law obliges the Royal Family to „surrender” to the republican constitution, the Romanian law maintains its autonomy without any limits: the Royal House is organized after its own statute, that is adopted by the Head of the Royal House (recognized by the Parliament through a public declaration). and published in the Official Monitor as an official act.
The law is supported by the President, Government, the leader of the main parties and the Royal House of Romania. The Royal Family supports it because – despite the House was an official institution in 1866-1947 (as a monarchy) – after 1947 they lost the Throne through a Communist coup d’état and, since 1990, they don’t have a legal personality in the country, which is a problem for their activities. A poll conducted in March 2016 shows that 93% of the Romanian people know about the Royal House, 61% have high or very high confidence into it but only 23% know about its activities. The Royal House of Romania support this law to obtain an official status, public funds, official headquarters (the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest), a plus of visibility (the Head of the Royal House will present their activities in front of the Parliament, once an year!).
Some Romanian monarchists argued that the law limits the possibility of the restoration of monarchy in Romania. Others – such as the National Alliance for the Restoration of Monarchy – disagree, arguing that the law expands the capacity for action of the Royal House, giving it a base for a higher popular support that brings us closer to the restoration of monarchy: „Our organizations express their full support for every step made by the political class that brigs us closer to the restoration of monarchy and for every retrieval, even partial, of the royal prerogatives, because these actions are just steps in restoring the Kingdom of Romania. We are at the disposal of the members of the Royal Family and the Parliament to find the best solution to regulate the legal status of the Royal House.”
The law is to be passed in Autumn 2016, adopted by the Parliament and confirmed by the President. The Royal Family wishes that King Michael I, at 95 years, will be thus recognized as Head of the Royal House, not just as former head of state, and will be celebrated in the Parliament near his anniversary, on 25 October 2016. A similar moment took place in 25 October 2011, when King Michael I addressed the nation on his 90 anniversary in the Parliament.